Tuesday, November 25, 2008

GIVING THANKS by Joanne Shenandoah


In respect to our home the earth,
We say thank you to the earth
For everything that she gives to us;
Nourishing us everyday.
We give thanks to all the water in the world,
Everything within that water.
We give thanks to all the grass that lives on the land.
We give thanks to all the berries, the fruits, the medicines.
We give thanks to the animals that keep the forests clean.
We give thanks to all the trees for their different uses
that they give to us,
For shelters, for fires that we make
In the winter time keeping us warm.
We give thanks to the birds who sing their beautiful songs.
We give thanks to the four winds.
We give thanks to the grandfathers;
The ones that bring the rain.
We give thanks to our oldest brother, the sun,
Who shines his light everyday.
We give thanks to our oldest grandmother, the moon,
For she is the one that has been charged with the duty
To make sure that light has a continuance.
She is the one that watches over all the movements
Of the water and also the water within us.
We give thanks to the stars, her helper.
And we give a special thanksgiving to the four
sacred beings that watch over the human family.
Sometimes we notice them when we are traveling
in dangerous places.
They are the ones that come to our minds
And say go around, don't go any further.
So that's why they are there.
To protect us and steer us away from danger.
So that's what we do. We start right from the earth
and we climb the ladder right to the special place
beyond the heavens.
Where there's a special spirit that lives there.
The spirit that made it possible for us to be here
And everything that we have mentioned.
And so with the collectiveness of our minds and hearts,
We send a special thanksgiving and greeting
To the great spirit of us all.
Joanne Shenandoah

5 comments:

Hello Mary Lou said...

Great post. Happy Thanksgiving!

GrizzBabe said...

I love this! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Tipper said...

I've never read it before-but very well said!! Petra- I hope your Thanksgiving was truly wonderful!!

Lori Lynn said...

Hi Petra - I don't remember where I found the widget, but if you email me directly, I will send you the entire code to cut and paste. You would just need to change the part about Taste With The Eyes. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Lori Lynn

Janeen said...

I've been away for a few days post Thanksgibing, I've got to catch up on your blog! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family filled with wonderful memories.